JOB TITLE:   ​​Deputy Director​

REPORTS TO: ​​Executive Director​

STATUS: 32-40 Hours Weekly, ​​Exempt

LOCATION: Hybrid (Onsite & Remote)


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Deputy Director delivers complex assistance to local units of government, businesses, organizations, and the general public for specialty projects as assigned. Is the direct supervisor for staff positions and personnel named by the Executive Director.

Specifically, this position facilitates public engagement, conducts high level project/program design and implementation, including securing funding via grant writing and reporting. 


Through a genuine commitment to building vibrant & equitable economic ecosystems, the Deputy Director performs responsible professional work for the Commission.  Work areas include:

  1. Together with the Executive Director and other department directors comprise the Senior Management Team. Provides expertise to the Senior Management Team for planning and management of projects, grants, and tasks related to analysis and redesign of organizational processes.
  2. Serve as Climate Director through a formalized partnership with the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) to assist with identifying regional priorities and the strategic delivery of this programming, as well as assisting in building awareness and participation in MCAP Weather Ready Extension programming and technical assistance. This work will comprise half of the Deputy Director’s time and focus, and will include:
      • Convene communities to identify key priorities for climate resilience and adaptation and the implementation of climate adaptation frameworks
      • Identify and curate examples of community efforts to plan and implement actions that address strategic priorities for community climate adaptation implementation
      • Serve as a key regional point of contact for MCAP technical assistance, and other tasks set forth through an RNDC/MCAP agreement
  1. Collaborate with the MCAP Extension team to identify suitable locations, arrange facilities and regional promotions, and recruit participants for four or more MCAP Weather Ready Extension Program workshops. Other MCAP Extension obligations will be specified through a statement of work agreement between RNDC and the University.
  2. Stays current on daily administrative responsibilities of the Executive Director to maintain continuity in leadership. Serve as Interim Executive Director, when appointed by the Board of Directors per RNDC’s Emergency Executive Director Succession Plan.
  3. Serve as organizational contact for emergency management/coordination during times of natural disasters and other emergencies.
  4. Generates development contracts with units of government, academia, and other stakeholders.
  5. Mentorship and coaching of staff. This could include:
    • Maintain weekly communication with staff
    • Lead project management initiatives through online software
    • Conduct periodic performance evaluations for direct reports
    • Assist staff with funding applications and other grant opportunities to meet organizational needs
  1. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Strong working knowledge of public administration practices, intergovernmental process and regional planning techniques.
  2. Skill in facilitating meetings in a variety of settings and performing community outreach.
  3. Considerable knowledge of Economic Development theory and practice.
  4. Considerable knowledge of:
    • Counties, local governments, communities, colleges, and universities, tribal nations, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
    • Building and strengthening of public, private, academic, and nonprofit partnerships
    • Grant management, program budgeting and strategic planning
  1. Ability to:
    • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and have exemplary public relations skills.
    • Supervise personnel in a manner that results in efficient performance, high morale and a continuing strong sense of urgency to achieve exemplary results. Create and maintain a participative, team-oriented work environment through strong relationships.
    • Quickly and accurately identify operational problems and/or opportunities and develop effective solutions.


The position has good working conditions in general but is a diversified job requiring sustained mental effort related to public contacts, organizational issues, planning and technical areas.

The individual may encounter significant emotional strain or tension. There is sustained exposure to public contacts, sitting, and computer screen time. There is also exposure to moderate lifting (up to 40 pounds). Must possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license and be available to work and reside in RNDC service area. Position occasionally may require working outside the normal business day (i.e. evening meetings, some travel). Position frequently will require travel throughout the region. Approximately 5%-10% of the time the position may need to travel throughout the state, mostly being the metro area. Very rarely national and international travel may be required or strongly encouraged for learning exchanges, conferences, and other professional learning opportunities and/ or trade missions.

To be successful in this position, candidates must be

    • Equity focused – i.e., exhibit ability to be inclusive, thoughtful of diverse stakeholders, and considerate in interpersonal communications.
    • Strategically oriented – i.e., demonstrates use of effective decision‐making techniques that provide timely, appropriate, and ethical approaches to the work of the organization.
    • Results driven – i.e., takes responsibility for own and organizational performance while ensuring project progress within budgetary guidelines.
    • Relationship minded – i.e., build positive, trusting, and meaningful relationships that meet organizational goals and values, externally and internally.
    • Sustainability focused – i.e. always use a lens for sustainability through projects and programs, as the position will be the lead for all RNDC climate and clean energy work.


Proven track record of organizational leadership across areas of community and economic development, regional planning, and work across units of government and in partnership with private sector, academic, and nonprofit partners. Previous strategic leadership experience is required.

SALARY RANGE:  $100,000-$110,000-dependent on qualifications/experience


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and the employee will also perform other reasonably related job duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

The exempt position is allowed to work a hybrid schedule of in-office and remote work, as approved by the Executive Director. All telework policies must be followed.

The Deputy Director position is anticipated to be a full-time, 40 hour/ week position, with the flexibility to accommodate down to 32 hours per week at a pro-rated compensation rate, when necessary, when organizational needs are being met.

Region Nine Development Commission reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

RNDC team members adhere to the conditions of employment outlined in the RNDC Personnel Policy Manual, pass a background check upon hire and sign a Confidentiality Agreement.


  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Send cover letter, addressed to Executive Director Nicole Griensewic, and resume to 3 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 310, Mankato, MN.  Resumes will not be accepted without a cover letter and a completed online application. Click the “Apply Now” button below to complete an online application.
  • Please contact Nathan George at with questions.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will perform additional reasonably related job duties as assigned.